The Lok Sabha elections are just around the corner, with the interesting battles are shaping in Mumbai. One of the most talked about constituency in Mumbai north east. This seat is likely to be difficult for the NDA to retain. In Mumbai north east constituency the fight was supposed to be between sitting BJP MP Kirit Somaiya and NCP’s Sanjay Dina Patil. But, ending days of suspense over the likely party nominee from Mumbai North East Lok Sabha seat, the BJP dropped sitting MP Kirit Somaiya whose renomination was strongly opposed by the party ally Shiv Sena. Due to pressure from Shiv Sena, its ally, the BJP dropped Somaiya and replaced him with three-time corporator Manoj Kotak.
Read Story: Manoj Kotak’s prachar rath vandalised
Maharashtra’s 48 constituencies will vote to elect members to the Lok Sabha in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. Lok Sabha Elections are just around the corner and with polls nearing people want to know about their constituencies. So to make simple for the voters the Free Press Journal has made a report card of the constituency.
Here’s all you need to know about Mumbai North East Lok Sabha constituency:
Mumbai North East:
Sitting MP: Kirit Somaiya (Bharatiya Janata Party)
Votes won in 2014: 5,25,285
Winning margin: 3,17,122
MPLAD Spending: Rs 22.6 Cr
Net Assets: 7.22 crore
Pending Court Cases:
IPC 143 Punishment, IPC 149 Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object, IPC 147 Punishment for rioting, IPC 341 Punishment for wrongful restraint, IPC 117 Abetting commission of offence by the public or by more than ten persons, IPC 332 Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty, IPC 353 Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, IPC 452 House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint, IPC 454 Lurking house-trespass or house-breaking in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment, IPC 500 Punishment for Defamation, IPC 427 Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees, IPC 145 Joining or continuing in unlawful assembly, knowing it has been commanded to disperse, IPC 144 Joining unlawful assembly armed with deadly weapon, IPC 323 Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
Questions asked in Parliament: 474
Parliamentary Committees they worked on: Committees on Labour, Finance and Public Accounts
Private Members’ Bills introduced: 2
Mulund (MLA Sardar Tara Singh), Vikhroli (MLA Sunil Raut), Bhandup West (MLA Ashok Patil), Ghatkopar West (MLA Ram Kadam), Ghatkopar East (MLA Prakash Mehta), Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar (MLA Abu Azmi)
Main Rival: Sanjay Dina Patil (NCP)
Total Voters in Constituency:
Issues: Ill-maintained Deonar abattoir, Dumping ground issue, traffic
Things to know about the candidates:
MANOJ KOTAK has been the leader of BJP in BMC and three-time corporator from Mulund. He has declared assets worth Rs 5.47 crore. Kotak is considered to belong to the anti-Somaiya camp. He is the face of BJP in BMC. Kotak is considered to have studied in details issues related to urban development. He had also done a lot of work on the DP plan 2034.
Read Story: Manoj Kotak slammed by public while campaigning
Sanjay Dina Patil was a member of 15th Lok Sabha from Mumbai North East constituency. He was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha as a Nationalist Congress Party candidate in May 2009 general elections. He lost the reelection to the same seat in 2014.
What the people think about their sitting Member of Parliament:
Anil Hebbar, Activist
“The main issue is the dumping of solid waste in Deonar, Kanjur Marg and Mulund. All solid waste of Mumbai dumped in one constituency. In spite of agitations, meeting of CM, the constitution of the committee, nothing much has happened from the govt side except the order to societies to segregate their waste. Groundwater gets contaminated in rains, smoke causes TB and cancer, Shivajinagar Mankhurd is a hell hole. Excessive traffic jams on LBS road due to some work or the other. Redevelopment of slums is a major issue with the sword of demolitions always hanging on the head of the poor. No basic amenities in the slums. Lack of drinking water in slums leading to exploitation by tanker mafia. Ill-maintained Deonar abattoir leading to bad odour, excessive flies with the resultant diseases. Poor healthcare facilities and schooling for those in the lower income group. Toll at Mulund needs to be abolished as it leads to traffic jam, wasted fuel, wasted time, lesser productivity. Current MP Kirit Somayya does little than carry tape in his pocket measuring railway platforms. Of course, that is an important issue but not the only issue. Redevelopments should be done in-situ by the residents and government organisations and not by private builders. Mangrove/wetland protection is another important issue as government wants to grab it in the name of poor housing,” Anil Hebbar, activist.
Rate your MP: I would rate him at 4 for the noise he makes.
Kanishk Jadhav, Mulund resident
“North East MP Kirit Somaiyya was mostly busy in political stunt. Many of the issues in North East Loksabha are unaddressed. In Mulund at all political places BJP is placed still BMC Hospital is not fully functional. As a MP he did look into this issue. Agrawal Hospital (BMC) at times one of the best support for Mulund, Bhandup residents on health issues. His arrogant behavior with hawkers was seen by all the Maharashtra. Still hawkers issues nearby station have not been addressed. At some places like St.Pius road police patrolling doesn’t happen in the night. Women feel unsafe to go from such roads in the night,” Kanishk Jadhav, Mulund resident.
Rate your MP: 5/10
Karthik Mohan, resident of Mankhurd
“No proper management in Government Hospital (Agarwal Hospital). No work for poor class people like toilet drainage (hanuman pada mulund,mankhurd govindi). No proper step to stop drugs and alcohol in govandi area. No proper playground for children. Unwanted construction goes on forest land it will repeat kerla disaster. Poor performance,” Karthik Mohan, Mulund resident.
Rate your MP: 3/10